Llangefni abattoir reopens after COVID-19 outbreak

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The chicken processing factory at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak has been reopened.

The 2 Sisters plant in Llangefni was closed for a fortnight after 217 workers tested positive for COVID-19.

All 560 staff and contractors went into self-isolation but public health officials say the outbreak did not spread to the community.

A spokesperson for 2 Sisters said production at the site would resume gradually next week, but added it was ”far too early” to say how and why the virus spread.

They said: ”At this stage we are leaving no room for doubt by briefing our people, starting Friday, on the new measures and how every single person should take personal responsibility for their own behaviours.”

”We also realise there will be colleagues who have tested positive and may believe this provides them with some level of immunity.”

”The reality is that we don’t know this to be true, so our teams will be making sure everyone knows we all have a shared responsibility to protect each of us and our wider community from any further outbreak.”

”Limited production will commence only after we have fully briefed all colleagues on the full range of measures we have in place to manage the various risks associated with the transmission of Covid-19.”

Earlier this week, Public Health Wales confirmed the outbreak had been effectively contained with no evidence of community transmission.

Dr Giri Shankar, PHW incident director, said: ”The data shows that we have contained the outbreak through the control measures that have been put in place.”

”We have been unable to contact a small number of employees and contractors associated with the factory, and we will be writing to them to encourage them to come forward for testing through the community testing units operated by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.”

The Unite union said 2 Sisters had given reassurances that the Llangefni factory was safe to reopen.

Unite’s regional director, Paddy McNaught, said: ”The company have recognised that they need the help of their staff in getting back to business…they’ve been honest and open with us as we worked to put new procedures in place.”

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